Whitney Webster in play room

Whitney Webster’s Family

When doctors discovered that three-year-old Whitney Webster had a ruptured kidney due to a cancerous tumor, she needed emergency surgery, weeks in the hospital to recover, radiation treatment and ongoing chemotherapy. The Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s opened its doors to the Webster family so they could be close to their daughter.

“Never did we imagine journeying alongside a child who was battling cancer,” says Whitney’s mom, Joey. “The House provided a place to sleep close to the hospital, offered meals, and a place for Whitney and our other daughters to play, which turned a very difficult time into a memorable time. We also experienced incredible emotional support and sense of community from the staff and other parents.”

Today, Whitney’s images show a cancer free body. Her family still stays at the House when Whitney has follow-up visits, something she and her two sisters look forward to.

“Ronald McDonald House has become a home away from home where we know that we will be cared for in every way possible,” says Joey.